Peter Mirrielees of Green Island after playing his 200th Premier game against Southern at Bathgate Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 24th March, 2018.

Premier 1’s – Upset at Miller Park in tough conditions

Green Island    30
Harbour    23

Green Island claimed a second major scalp with a dramatic 30-23 win against Harbour.

Openside Brett Kingsbury completed the surprise win when he scampered 20m to score in the final moments to seal the win much to the delight of the Miller Park faithful.

The win means Green Island has beaten both finalists from last season and it also underlines how tight the competition is this winter.

Harbour led 10-9 after a scrappy opening 40 minutes. Both sides tried to played too much rugby on a wet day.

The Hawks had the stronger scrum and won a tighthead 5m from the Green Island line. No8 Solomon Pole picked the ball up and crashed over.

Harbour owned the first 20 minutes of the second half. First five-eighth Logan Allen had an impressive game and burst through some weak defence to score.

He drilled the conversion and added a penalty moments later. But arguably Harbour did not score enough points during a dominant period and Green Island rallied in the final quarter of the match.The pack barged its way forward to drive over for a try from a 25m lineout.

With the scores locked at 23-23, Green Island rumbled forward. The ball popped loose and Kingsbury swooped it up and set off for the try line.

Read the full ODT write-up here.